Broderick Smith has been a clerk, storeman, soldier, advertising copywriter, graphic artist and actor, as well as a singer-songwriter.
Broderick sings, plays harmonica and guitar. He writes his own material and performs other songwriter’s material as well. His stage and TV experience enables him to communicate with any audience.
Broderick started playing folk and blues music back in 1962. Leaving school and having a variety of jobs, he joined legendary Blues outfit the Adderley Smith Blues Band.
In 1968 Broderick was kidnapped by the government of the day and press-ganged into the Australian Army for 2 years, in which he spent most of the time trying to stay out of trouble.
Upon his eventual release after the collapse of the Liberal junta he helped form a country roots type act called Sundown. But his first commercially recorded work was on Harvest EMI records in 1972 with Carson, a boogie and blues band. This was his first real taste of travelling the country and playing music.
Then in 1973 he helped form The Dingoes, a legendary country rock group that is a main inspiration behind the modern country rock explosion. The Dingoes aim in life was actually to carry on the great work done by another band called Country Radio and explore the possibilities of blending Bush music with R’n’B.
The Dingoes were signed up to American management in 1976 and went over there to live and work until the end of 1978.
Broderick eventually came back home and formed the Big Combo. During this time he was also a singer on the Andrew Durant Memorial concert album.He’s released fifteen albums to date, nine under his own name, recording both here and in Canada and the US. He has recorded with Cat Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, Buffy Saint Marie, Phil Ochs, Ted Egan, Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. The list goes on and on.
Musicians joining Broderick on recent recordings have been known collectively as “The Guild”.
Brod’s also held workshops on song writing, vocals and harmonica. His workshops have taken him all over his home state, into schools, prisons, reformatories, as well as music stores.
Brod’s been involved in the writing of somewhere around 200 songs and his solo albums have seen him writing virtually all the lyrics. He generally starts off with the lyric in a prose form and then when the music is written, tends to change the lyrics to suit the music. Broderick believes lyrics should say something and not just be something to sing along to.